The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 19

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart.

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Prayer Service last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Generosity during December.

Natalie H. (K1)

Josephina H. (K2)

Jacob Y. (1A)

Moira H. (1B)

Sage L.(2A)

Jacob C. (2B)

Matthew K. (3A)

Carley G. (3B)

Padraig D. (4A)

Thumay H. (4B)

Jack H. (5A)

Jack T. (5B)

Kaitlyn E. (6A)

Diana G. (6B)

Shannon H. (7A)

Ayla P. (7B)

Samuel C. (8A)

William P.(8B)

National Geography Bee

Last Friday morning students in grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National Geography Bee.  Congratulations to Stan Dobis, our school champion, who completed a written assessment earlier this week to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level competition.  Congratulations to Vicente Barrera, who won second place, and to Sarah Goldsmith who came in third and to all of the following students who won first place in the classroom level competitions, thereby qualifying to participate in the school bee.

4A  Brianna W.                                       4B  Andrew R.

5A  Noah H.                                              5B  Vicente B.

6A  Reem V.                                            6B  Patrick M.

7A  Sarah G.                                             7B  Stan D.

8A  Cara R.                                                 8B  Nicole B.     

Lock-Down Drill ~ January 18th (10:00 a.m.)

The second quarter lock-down drill will occur on Wednesday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

8th Grade Confirmation Announced

Confirmation for 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints Catholic School will take place on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The rehearsal will take place on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.  In addition, parents of students who will be confirmed are invited to A Parent Evening of Prayer on Wednesday, January 25th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the church.

Boxtops Program ~ Tremendous Success!

Thanks to the participation of many in our community, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1860.15. Thank you to all students and parents who continue to support this very worthwhile program!

March for Life

On Monday, January 23rd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Volunteer Opportunity ~ Playground & Cafeteria Monitors

The school is now seeking additional parent volunteers to assist with supervision of students in the cafeteria and on the playground during lunch recess.  Our goal is to have at least three volunteers available each day to help with this important duty.  The time is from 11:15-12:35.  Volunteers must have completed the background check and have attended VIRTUS training. (Forms for the background check are available at the school office.) Younger siblings are permitted to come along for this volunteer opportunity.

If you are available to help one or more days per week or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sue Ferguson atsferguson1@comcast.net.

2012 Casino Night & Auction

Happy New Year All Saints Families

We hope you have enjoyed the Christmas Season and have set your sights on wonderful things in 2012.  Your school PTO surely has! and we hope you’ve “saved the date” for the 2012 Casino Night & Auction on February 11 at the Portuguese Community Center.  We’re going to have a great evening of entertainment and fellowship, complete with lively music, casino games, heavy hors d’ouerves and dessert – not to mention the Silent Auction and Live Auction, raffles and the ever-popular Heads-or-Tails Game!!

Your (oldest) child will be bringing home an invitation package today. Included is an Invitation, Event Ticket Order Form, and books of raffle tickets – for the 50-50 Raffle Drawing and the Prize Raffle Drawing.  There is also a return envelope, for your conveniece in returning the order form and ticket books.

We do hope you will plan to join us for all the fun!  Please return your order form and ticket books by February 3rd so we can process your order and send tickets home with your child on February 8th!

Feel free to contact event co-chairmen Denise LaRose (jdlarose@aol.com) or Ann Potocnak (potocnak3@comcast.net), if you have any questions!

Also check the website for additional information at http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

Spirit Event at Bowl America on Friday, January 27th

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on our day off? We have it covered!

Great fun at a terrific price and guess who benefits the most? . . . That’s right, the best school around. Come on out to the next Spirit Event- January 27th at Bowl America on Balls Ford Rd. between 12 and 8.  10% of the proceeds come back to us. So pack up the gang and have lunch there too. Let’s Bowl up some fun and support us at the same time. It’s a strike with a spare! That’s a win win for us all! See you there.  The Bowl America flyer is linked to this week’s newsletter.

Volunteers Needed to Assist Mrs. Hammang with Science Fair

Please contact Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com  or Val Loague at valerie@skycass.com  ASAP if you can help.

  • Coordinator needed ~ Mrs. Hammang needs a person/team of persons to assist with Coordinating orders for backboards.  For those new to the science fair, parents in the middle school have the opportunity to order science fair backboards through the school.  They are the same high quality you’d see in stores, only delivered to your child through science class. Parents are not required to order through the school, but it sure does make for one stop shopping!

This individual/team would send out the order form to all students in the middle school (Mrs. Hammang has a template), tally the orders/money (no monies come home, it’s all sent to the school office), place the order, and then hand out orders to each student when the backboards arrive. Mrs. Hammang is available to give further details on this.

  • Judges ~ Thanks to those who have already said they could help.  Science Fair is February 23.  It would take place from 8 am until about 1:30.  This includes a lunch after judging is over.  The more judges we have, the faster the morning will go.  Currently we have a few volunteers; 20 or more are needed.
  • Set up the afternoon before ~ Mrs. Hammang needs several parents (or high school students) interested in setting up the student projects in the gym the afternoon before (Feb. 22) this involves placing backboards in categories and numbering all backboards.  Many hands make light work in this case.  Perfect opportunity for high schoolers to earn service hours!!
  • Runners ~ Parents are needed to supervise students during the fair, assist Mrs. Hammang with small details the morning of the fair, and chaperone small groups of students between the gym and middle school wing while judging is taking place. This is great exercise for 3 hours.

Help Plan our 12th Annual Golf Tournament!

All Saints parish and school will be sponsoring its 12th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. We are looking for individuals to join our Golf Tournament Committee to help plan this fun-filled event! Our first Golf Tournament Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. There are many ways to help with this “Points for Parents” activity and you don’t have to be a golfer to participate! If you would like to join in our efforts to put together an outstanding golf event for our parish and school community, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Bishop O’Connell High School

Immaculée Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor, and author of the book, Left to Tell, will give a presentation on the power of faith and forgiveness on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Bishop O’Connell High School auditorium. The public is invited to this event which is sponsored by the O’Connell PTO. Admission is free. Read more about the inspiring story of this remarkable young woman at www.bishopoconnell.org/lefttotell. (Bishop O’Connell is located at 6600 Little Falls Road in Arlington.) For more information, call 703-237-1400.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2012-2013

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 23, 2012

Elementary School      March 19, 2012

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation. Additionally, only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link:

(http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuitiongrant.php)

Those families interested in applying for tuition assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete a separate application available in our front office.  As the diocesan tuition assistance program pertains only to those students enrolled in grades K-12, the Pre-Kindergarten assistance program is distinct and managed by All Saints rather than FACTS Tuition.

Open House for 2011-2013 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends! Through the New Student Referral Programyour family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 1-15, 2012

ø  Application Period  for New Students      February 8-March 2, 2012   (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Inclement Weather Reminders ~ Half Days & Cafeteria Menu

In the event of inclement weather, All Saints Catholic School follows the decision of Prince William County Public School System.  If the county schools decide to close, All Saints is closed for the day and all related activities are cancelled. Similarly, if the county schools decide to open late or dismiss early, All Saints responds in the same manner.  Note: Should the county system announce a delayed opening on a day for which a noon dismissal is scheduled at All Saints, the early release is cancelled and school ends at 3:00 p.m.  In this scenario, school will begin at 10:10 a.m. and extend until 3:00 p.m.  Please note:  On such days there are no cafeteria services available and each student is asked to bring a lunch and drink to school.

In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather, the cafeteria menu for that day will be prepared the following day.  However, in the event that school is closed two or more days in a row, the menu will be re-evaluated with changes posted on our website.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 12th               Bullying Awareness Video Presentations & Classroom Discussions

                                  Mrs. DeBruyne begins shadowing Ms. Coto

Enrollment Management Team Meeting (art room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 13th                   School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Bullying Awareness Buddy Activities

Monday, January 16th                 Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17th                 VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 2 @ 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 18th             2nd Quarter Lock-Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

                                  Spelling Bee (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, January 19th               Open House (9:00 a.m.)

                                  Meet & Greet with Mrs. DeBruyne, new 8th Grade Teacher (3:30-5:00)

Friday, January 20th                   Ms. Coto’s Last Day

Going Home with Oldest Child

  • Casino Night and Auction Invitation Package

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